7 years of collaborative calendaring: Exploring Calagator*
Seven years in, the Portland tech community's open source calendar aggregator, Calagator, has survived ups and downs, seen the outcome of those Ruby and Rails dogma shifts, and fundamentally changed the way people in Portland tech build community.
In this combination talk and installfest, we'll explore the origins, history, impact, and future of Calagator, and how you can use Calagator to improve your local communities and increase engagement.
Bring your laptops and your Ruby dev environments, and we'll walk through a fresh install!
Too often in tech, we burn down our history, rather than preserving and learning from it. After existing for seven years, the Portland tech community’s open source calendar aggregator, Calagator, has survived many changes in contributors, code, and culture and come out stronger. In this talk, I will trace the history, impact, and future of Calagator as a form of living documentation.
By interviewing project founders and Portland tech community’s ‘elder statespeople’, we can explore the effect of community calendaring on Portland’s tech community, and look for clues on how to replicate the success of this project and community in other places.
Once we determine how we can fork Calagator’s community building ability and code, we will spend some time creating a Rails project leveraging Calagator’s new features and infrastructure. Bring your Ruby development environments, and hack along!
community organizing, Ruby, rails
I've spoken at DevSigner Con and Open Source Bridge 2014
Shawna is a software engineer in Portland, Oregon. She works at 38 Zeros in Ruby on Rails and to increase empathy through software. Shawna strives toward social justice and creating spaces and communities that are affirming and accessible to all. To that end, she is a member of the Calagator core team, co-organizer for Women Who Hack, and a sometimes-responsible member of the PDX Ruby Brigade anarchist ghost pirate ship.
- Title: Through the Warp Zone: Hacking Super Mario Brothers
- Track: Hacks
- Room: B204
- Time: 10:00 – 11:45am
Discover new worlds in Super Mario Brothers even the creators never saw!
- Speakers: Emily St., Shawna Scott